Coaching Skills

Live Course

We are deeply committed to helping people engage in responsible practice.

That’s why we developed our foundational coaching skills program. This course introduces learners to the coaching relationship and provides an experiential learning environment in which they develop foundational coaching competencies.

What you will learn

Your Instructor

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener

Course Details

24.5 credits

This distance-learning program uses a virtual classroom for reading and pre-recorded lectures, and Zoom for interactive instruction. Classes meet once a week for six weeks, and require additional study and practice time. You are also encouraged to attend the weekly practicum session to accelerate your skills development.

Course Schedule

Starts on October 1, 2021
Ends on November 13, 2021

Class Time Options

Friday 5 to 8 pm Pacific Time
or
Saturday 9 am to 12 pm Pacific Time

Generally, coaches with years of experience with a wide range of clients are not required to take coaching skills. Even so, formal training can be helpful in improving competency even for seasoned coaches. Even certified and experienced coaches take this course.

Coaching Skills includes pre-recorded lectures, readings, quizzes, reflections, and other learning features. The more time you invest in these out-of-class activities the deeper your learning will be. There is generally two to three hours of out-of-class material per week. We also host optional practicum sessions in which students can discuss and practice skills. Finally, we encourage you to partner with a peer from the course to practice coaching each week.

This course is offered in a completely digital format. We recommend a reliable Internet connection.

We focus on coaching theories, frameworks, and specific competencies. We also address some research published in academic journals on coaching and psychology. We also provide additional reading, including research, for those wanting a deeper learning experience.

No. You only need to attend one session. We offer two sections of this course to make it convenient for people in all time zones. The content of both sections is identical and you are free to attend whichever section you prefer.

Yes. The content is identical between both sections, and you are free to attend whichever is most convenient for you in any given week.

We host sessions that are intended specifically for coaching practice. These practicum sessions are not mandatory but are strongly encouraged as a way to practice coaching skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Practicum is not required and we understand that not everyone will be able to attend. Even so, we strongly encourage people to attend practicum every week they are able. In our experience, people who attend practicum, who have an opportunity to practice and to get feedback, and who engage in deeper discussions of coaching often accelerate their learning and professional development.

The practicum for this course is held twice on Wednesdays to cater to people who live in diverse time zones. These hour and a half sessions are held at 9 am US Pacific Time and 3 pm US Pacific Time. Students can attend any practicum session they want (or both!).

100% refund available within 24 hours of registration.

90% refund available up to 3 weeks before the start of the course.

50% refund available within 3 weeks before the course begins. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Learning should be challenging and satisfying

We care that each and every student has a peerless learning experience. As a result, we listen to your specific needs and support your learning in a highly personalized way.

What our alumni say

The Coaching Skills Course was instrumental in increasing my confidence as a coach. The skills I have learned have not only shaped my practice as a coach but have also permeated into my everyday life. Friends and family notice my ability to ask powerful questions and listen in an active and engaged manner now more than ever. I highly recommend the course to anyone who is thinking about becoming a coach or is considering using coaching techniques in their work.

Christina Echevarria

Firm Solutions, Newhouse Holdings, LLC

As a survivor of dozens of uninspiring professional development classes, I found Robert’s teaching style distinctive, refreshing and effective. Robert grounds every class in scientific evidence, then adds insights harvested from years of research, teaching, and coaching experience. He does not limit his focus to any one model or coaching approach and I valued the exposure to many. Key to my learning was Robert’s teaching style. He expected students to bring their A-game. He invited us to be prepared, to challenge assumptions, and to never lose sight of the ethics, competencies and humble curiosity that are foundational to professional coaching.

Carolyn Cumpsty-Fowler

PhD, MPH, ACC​

This has been one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had (and I’ve had some great ones!). The high calibre of my fellow classmates was very inspiring, and I have learnt so much from coaching with them – in class and beyond. I would wholeheartedly recommend Positive Acorn to any students looking for robust coach training.

Lucy Orton

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